DD is almost 4 months. We have been BF'ing and topping her off with formula when she needs it. Recently, she has been guzzling 4 to 6oz AFTER she nurses... Probably twice a day. I'm getting sad that I'm not going to make it 6 months with nursing. Anyone else have this happen? Or any tips?
clementine / 878 posts
If it is that important to you to make it to six months I would look at kellymom.com and speak to a lactation consultant. Off the top of my head I would probably stop giving formula bottles after nursing. But what may happen is baby gets hungry again much faster, you may have to then nurse more frequently, thus building your supply back up, and then nursing until 6 months old. I don't know if that's what you want to go through though. Also I'm not a lactation consultant!
honeydew / 7230 posts
My twins are 14.5 months old and still nursing. They had formula beginning on day 4 and I felt like I was dooming my supply, but here we are (now on cow's milk, but had formula + bm combo until 12 months). It was around 4 months that I felt exactly the same as you, but it really is possible to keep up a nursing relationship if you want to. If you want to keep going, always nurse first and supplement after. Don't replace a feeding with bottles. We kept our kids on slow flow bottles. And I was always available to nurse on demand - day and night. I really believe it's possible if you want to make it work. You're doing a great job, mama!
pomegranate / 3768 posts
I was told that if I supplement with formula than I should also try to pump, so that way my body knows to produce more.
cantaloupe / 6131 posts
Your baby's milk intake peaks around 4-5 months and then drops off as their growth velocity slows. I was EPing and giving one bottle of formula a day but that increased right at that mark and then he settled into 24oz at 6 months (which was what I was pumping everyday) and has slowly decreased since. I admittedly had low supply compared to others but at 6 months he could have been EBF but I chose to continue combo feeding and weaned at 9 months bc pumping sucks. So don't worry too much just keep nursing and eating well.